Saturday, March 4, 2017

Nintendo switch Impressions



Keep in mind this is based off day 1 release and Breath of the Wild Game play.

First I have to say this, the system only launched with a total of 9 games. One of switch was developed entirely for the WiiU and pushed out on both, I am referring to Legend of Zelda Breath of the wild. This is not a impressions on that game.  The system feels very much so unfinished. Now I am usually all for Nintendo but I must say this is one of the most unfinished consoles released.  If a system is only ever as good as its launch the switch is not doing well at all. The system was VERY rushed out without much reason why other than the last nail in the WiiU. Keep in mind I am not saying it will fail, I am saying it is having a rough start, I'd love to develop games for any of Nintendo's systems. the WiiU was a amazing powerful system that developers didn't touch all that much on due to the market share numbers without ever once looking at the sales numbers.  Which the ps4 & xbone are mostly multi media devices with games as a 2nd priority.

If not for a zelda title being a launch title then this system would have done as bad as the Ouya did, and I really hate to make that comparison but it has to be mentioned because it is almost identical to it minus the on the go play functionality .  Not even virtual console titles are up yet, eshop has no music, as far as I can tell there is no online functionality such as friends lists, messaging esc. I am not noticing any miiverse or anything of the likes yet.

GRAPHICS & PERFORMANCE

That being said lets go on to what is good that the switch does, first its graphics they are much much higher than WIiU's with performance shudders here and there, and commonly dropping fps to 20~  in breath of the wild, but usually due to too much grass objects mixed with visual effects.  While at other times it will run at 50-60fps.  Keep in mind I am playing with it in docking mode, it could be better on the tablet in terms of performance. Keep in mind also that the graphics are much higher on the switch version as appose to the wiiu version which barely has anything. So the old 60fps standard Nintendo had going for it with the wiiu and requirements are no longer a thing for their games at least.



Online Functionality

Let me say thing first, right now there is no online functionality outside of the eshop, which if you were thinking of using your Nintendo Network, well nintendo made a new network which you can create a account with various social media sites info, or existin nintendo network ID but it will not be a part of your nintendo network.

As for friends lists, there isn't one yet, no messaging system, nothing of the sort. There is how ever ability to take pictures with a added button on the controller. Maybe able to share this with friends but you were able to do this with online websites with the WiiU tobegin with which I did on this blog many times.  As far as I can tell this isn't on the switch either.  So out of the box it has none and probably wont till they start charging for it.

Games

As said there are 9 games on their eshop.
1-2 switch
Fast RMX
Just Dance 2017
Snipperclips - Cut it out together
I am Setsuna
Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment
Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove
Super Bomberman R
Zelda Breath of the Wild

This is all of the games that came out on the release, there was suppose to be more like little inferno and world of goo, both of which are nearly a decade old and are on the Wii. There are around ~200 games annoused for the system. But this is it thus far. Really not much, 2 of which are shovel knight games. Yes we get it nintendo shovel night was your #1 indie title on the WiiU, but honestly we need more games. Their developer program still is only limited to the WiiU & 3ds development programs, it has not yet included any thing about the switch.

Several of the games releasing to the Switch I am looking forward to as well though.

Functionality

Keep in mind this as of launch day remember that this is all subject to change but probably won't.

The machine has no web browser, I'm just getting that out of the way right now, so sorry people you can't come on my site via nintendo switch web browser, or play any of my online html5 games on your nintendo swtich you will just have to stick to your WiiU, & maybe wii(not sure if it even would work with how old it is and me lacking one now to test them with).  This takes out a huge chunk.

Gone are the physical manuals, and I haven't seen any digital ones either though this could just be me at this point. I did look but I feel like I am missing something here.

The on the go play / tv play is very useful how ever, the docking bay has 3 usb slots, 2 in the front, 1 in the back 1 is USB 3.0 as far as I can tell. But I haven't gotten around to using it yet. MicroSD cards can be used for expandable memory to the Unit as it only has 32gb, which sounds like so little now a days espeically if you pick up something like breath of the wild digitally.

Controllers

One of the biggest points nintendo always makes is usually surrounding the controllers, well here it is kinda simplified. Think of 2 smaller than wiimote controllers, one looks like it has a Inferred light camera on the bottom of it but I have yet to actually see if it does anything. Each one can act as different or same players controllers depending on the game. They both have two more buttons as a snes controller, but 2 of the buttons are for function use only (home & snap shot picture buttons), and two of the buttons are on the side so if you were to hold it on its side for soon to be no doubtfully Virtual console titles with 2 player action those side buttons would basically be in the way, this means each controller has 1 less button than a snes controller in all actuallity if not aquardily using the 2 side buttons.

They do slide into the tablet, and into a controller base to form their own 1 controller as well. This is something the videos tried to show off for both. The joycon (wii mote like controllers), do have motion sensors in them to the grade of wiimotion plus, and they do have rumble HD apparently but I haven't noticed yet.

Conclusion:


I would hold off on getting one, the demand right now is only artificially inflated by artificial hype, and most sites are not looking at the device critically, most are only talking about how good the new Zelda game is, which is worth it, but that is about it thus far is playing the new zelda game on the go/ on tv. I do how ever like the machine, would love to make games for it if Nintendo would actually open it up to their developer program already, or have a alternative one out there. The device like the WiiU is very powerful, but probably will not be optimized and third parties thus far are just looking to do ports to it. I would love to make exclusive games for it. I loved Nintendo's development tools in the past.

That being said I have to be critical as well, This product seems very much so unfinished, it needs a huge update to fix most of the functionality and online services it is lacking. I understand it costs money to keep something like miiverse up. But it isn't broken, it was very very useful on the WiiU and allowed a online gaming community to flurish allowing for social intergration on decades old games as well as new games, allowing for people to challenge for highscores, and allowing for people to communicate. Friendships were formed, gaming groups formed, and online play to be community driven. Games like splatoon heavily depended on this, guides were made, helpful QAs were made. So much was done on miiverse that was overall a good idea, and it was a friendly shared experience that will be missed.

I hope you bring miiverse to the switch Nintendo,
I hope you do it quick.
I hope you open this platform up to developers like myself as well.

So much needs to be done on the switch to make it a better platform, and that is scary. As of right now it isn't a WiiU/ 3ds replacement, and it easily could be with large patches.

PS(March 7th): I found the friends list and messaging fuctionality, and well it is very very hidden more so than the Wii's was, and friend codes yield their ugly faces again without any care for all the backlash made.

Also I found out there is social media intergration to share pictures taken with the picture button. 

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